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Driving Miss Daisy (1992)

Failed series pilot based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play and multi-Academy Award-winning film. Was aired on CBS during the summer of 1992.

Director:

Will Mackenzie

Writer:

Alfred Uhry
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Robert Guillaume ... Hoke Colburn
Joan Plowright ... Daisy Werthan
Saul Rubinek ... Boolie Werthan
Theresa Merritt ... Idella
Hillary B. Smith ... Florine Werthan (as Hillary Bailey Smith)
Mary Nell Santacroce Mary Nell Santacroce ... Nonie
Zoaunne LeRoy Zoaunne LeRoy ... Beulah
Anne Haney ... Clemmie
Toni Gilman Toni Gilman ... Eleanor Roosevelt (as Toni Gillman)
Ivar Brogger ... Aide
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Failed series pilot based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play and multi-Academy Award-winning film. Was aired on CBS during the summer of 1992.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1992 (USA) See more »

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The play "Driving Miss Daisy" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1988. See more »

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Spun-off from Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

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Great casting
13 April 2018 | by stevenehrmanSee all my reviews

This pilot for a proposed 30 minute sitcom based on Driving Miss Daisy had much going for it and several questionable decisions. First the good. The casting is spot on. Robert Guillaume shines as a more assertive Hoke Colburn than was presented in the film. Joan Plowright, Saul Rubinek, and Theresa Merritt are all fine choices and lend an air of dignity and grace to the material. The pilot takes several scenes from the movie and strings them together as plot exposition. This is common in pilots and makes for awkward dialogue at times, but it does not slow the story too much. Now for the bad. This is shot as a standard three camera sitcom and it is simply a wrong choice for the material. It looks cheap and flat. A single camera setup would have been the correct choice. The show is presented as a standard comedy, which it is not, and a very loud, very annoying laugh track is employed far too much. Having said all that, I wish the show had gotten a chance to grow and find an audience. Over the course of a full season it might have found its footing.


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